In this article we will show you what is region code of DVD disc and how to remove the region code so that you can wath the DVD movie on any of your devices and media players as you like.
What is DVD Region Code?
Region coding for DVDs is implemented at the drive level, with all DVD drives made since early 2000 required to implement region coding. Drives which enforce region control are known as RPC-2 (“region protection control”), while drives which do not are known as RPC-1.
In practice, an RPC-2 drive maintains a record of its current region setting in non-volatile firmware. Each time you put a disc into the drive that has a region code which differs from the drive’s current setting, you will be prompted by the player to change the region on the drive. Even if you don’t attempt to play the disc, the drive will lock the data and not allow you to read the disc until you change the region. Typically, you can change the region on your RPC-2 drive a maximum of 5 times, after which the region is frozen and can no longer be changed.
Region Control Enhanced (RCE)
Drive level region control only applies to pre-recorded DVD discs, not to recordable discs. In an effort to close this loophole, the studios introduced a system called “Region Control Enhanced” (RCE). In RCE, the DVD player software reads the current region setting of the drive upon startup and provides this information to programs that run off of the disc. The RCE DVD includes a small program on the disc that queries the player to find the current region and refuses to play if the region does not match stored settings on the disc. RCE programs are now commonly included on major release discs as an additional protection measure.
|1||United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, and some islands in the Pacific|
|2||Japan, western Europe (including Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and the Balkans), South Africa, Turkey, and the Middle East (including Iran and Egypt)|
|3||Southeast Asia (including Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Macau)|
|4||Australia, New Zealand, South America most of Central America, western New Guinea, and most of the South Pacific|
|5||Most of Africa, Russia, (and former Soviet states), Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, North Korea|
|6||China and Tibet|
|8||Special non-theatrical venues (airplanes, cruise ships and hotels)|
Remove region code from Blu-ray/DVD disc
Therefore, before purchasing Blu-ray or DVD disc, make sure that the region code on your disc is the same with your Blu-ray or DVD disc player.
However, sometimes, if the Blu-ray or DVD disc are borrowed from your friends or purchased from overseas, you have two ways:
First, enable your DVD or Blu-ray player plays every region disc available, it is a litter diffcult to change the machine.
For your great convenience, the second is, got a special program to assist you to bypass Blu-ray/DVD region code.
Required software: DVD Ripper
Most free conversion programs won’t work with region locked DVDs disc. Here Brorsoft DVD Ripper come out. If you want to remove DVD disc region code, there is no harm in trying Brorsoft DVD Ripper (on sale, $22.95, 50% off).
Besides, applying Brorsoft DVD Ripper, all commercial protected DVDs can be ripped to nearly all popular video and audio formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, AAC, MP3 as you need for playback on different devices, such as Android, iPhone(7), HDTV, etc.
Guide: How to Remove Region Code of DVD Disc
Download and install Brorsoft DVD Ripper on your Windows (10) PC. Follow the tutorial to remove copy protection from DVD step-by-step. For Mac users, please switch to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac (compatible with macOS Sierra, turn to best DVD Ripper for macOS Sierra).
Step 1. Load DVD files
Launch the DVD Ripper (taken as example, Mac version Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac share the same steps).
Click the “DVD” icon to load DVD movie. After the DVD files are loaded, you can preview them on the right viewing window and take snapshots of your favorite movie scene. ISO and IFO files are also supported.
Tip: If you need to rip DVD with wanted subtitles and audio track, you can click the drop down menu after “Subtitles” and “Audio” to select your desired tracks.
Step 2. Choose output format
Select an compatible format, e.g. H.264 .mp4, since it is compatible with almost any devices and media players.
Basically the “Common Video -> H.264 Video (*.mp4)” is just all right.
Or depends on your device, you can choose a suitable video format from catalogues.
Tip: If you think the video size this not suitable for your devices, you can first choose any one of the provided type, then change the settings. Please remember the file size is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in bigger file size, and lower visible quality loss.
Step 3. Start to copy DVD and remove region code
When all the settings are OK, click “Convert” button to copy DVD and remove copy protection.
You can view the conversion progress and are able to cancel the converting process at anytime..
When the conversion is over, click “open” to locate the ripped video files without copy protection.